Sunday, September 30, 2012

Comida Villas and Spaoay: Ilocano Food and Massage

Last September 15, me and a group of bloggers were invited for a night of pampering and food. We headed into Comida Villas, it's an Ilocano boutique restaurant located along the bustling road of Timog Avenue in Quezon City. That night seems to be Ilocano theme since the restaurant and the spa were both Ilocano inspired.  Both of the establishments are being manage by Chef Danny Dela Cuesta who hails from Northern part of the Philippines - Ilocos.

Even it was a rainy night, everybody was present at the venue though some bloggers came early and some came late because of the bad weather. The restaurant was a full house indeed. The interiors of the restaurant was mixed from traditional to modern interiors like the wall decorations of an old window from bahay na tisa.  

While waiting for my food, I ordered Champola as my drink. The drink that has a different name on the menu that made me interested to order it. It is a sparkling drink made from Guyabano (Soursop) and Pineapple fruit juices. No regrets, I love it! :)

Adobo Pâté with sliced Pandesal and Pandesal with Vigan Longganisa and Kesong Puti was served to everyone as an appetizer. 

Pâté is a mixture of cooked ground meat and fat minced into a spreadable paste.

The dishes in Comida Villas were made with a distinct flavor and international fusion which makes it special. The starters are already a winner for me! 
Even the sliced Pandesal, I have mistaken it as a Crosstini! 
It was so good and not an ordinary Pandesal. It was from a family heirloom recipe. 
Adobo Pâté with sliced Pandesal

Pandesal with Vigan Longganisa and Kesong Puti

For the main dish, I ordered their Bagnet rice meal that comes together with Pinakbet and Binurong Mangga for salsa.  Bagnet is a deep fried pork's meat. 
Chef Danny said that he spent 3 days for the entire preparation of Bagnet. A day was spent for marinating the meat, a day for slow cooking and another day for deep frying. 
His Bagnet was cooked then frozen and reheated in the microwave oven before serving but the result is C-R-I-S-P-Y. It was really good like it was cooked on the same day.

Another food blogger has tried the Vigan Longganisa Bento meal. This is good mainly for 2 persons but if you have a big appetite, then a bento meal is the right one for you.
It has hefty servings of Plain Rice, Vigan Longganisa (sausage), Pinakbet and Ensaladang Pipino as salsa. It was also served with Sukang Iloco personally concocted by Chef Danny.

Chef Danny quoted that Ilocano food is the almost perfect food since for every dish, it has the different variations of taste that were combined- sweet, sour, salty, bitter and hot (spicy).
The menu of Comida Villas
After our dinner we were treated for a pampering at the Spaoay, an Ilocos themed Wellness Spa, which term lay claim to Spa and Ilocos town, Paoay. Spaoay offer time-honored therapies from the Ilocos region that has a strong belief of the healing touch which is just right next door of Comida Villas. 

We were treated first for a foot spa at the second floor near the massage room area. 
They have male and female therapists whom are professionally trained and accredited by TESDA. They are also courteous in the same time.

I had the chance to take a hot shower before getting a massage since I sweat so much earlier that day. However, there were no lockers for the customers to put in our bags. I just left my bag inside my massage room while taking a shower. Each one of us had a separate massage room. A privacy for every prospect customer, which matters to me most. 

The traditional 1-hour body massage in Spaoay costs P350 only which is fair enough. 
I  don't like going to a famous spa in Manila worth P1,000 for a regular body massage and you are being massaged in a big room with 14 other people (7 customers+ 7 masseuse=14) .

Spaoay offers traditional Ilocano treatment for massage and facials make use of herbs- tea tree, mint and coffee. Their body wraps, scrubs, and baths draw on mountain clays, sea salts, and balsamic vinegar. These treatments not only smell delicious, they are also very beneficial for your body.

After the full body massage, we were served with teapot of Salabat (Ginger Brewed Tea) to help remove toxins from the body. It tastes great and also refreshing. 
I felt so revitalized that I fell into short nap before dressing up again. My masseuse is really good, she knows what she is doing.
Body Scrub Room

Facial Area
It was a great night of comfort indulgence - food and massage. Food is the most primitive form of comfort. I will come back to Spaoay and try their other services like the Body Scrub but not only that, I will definitely recommend this spa to my relatives and friends as well.

Spaoay is open daily to give alternative and natural healing. Spaoay also provide exclusive hotel and home services. Located along 33-D Timog Avenue in Quezon City, you can call (02)9947596 or 09189256603 for reservations.

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  3. Cool post about Comida Ilocandia. I've been hearing a lot of good reviews about the place and I love Ilocano food too especially Bagnet. I hope I get to visit this place soon :)